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Accounting for Fundamentalisms

The Dynamic Character of Movements

Accounting for Fundamentalisms features treatments of fundamentalist movements, groups that often make headlines but are rarely understood, as part of the multivolume Fundamentalism Project. This book remains a standard reference source for comprehending the dynamics of fundamentalist movements around the world. Surveying fundamentalist movements in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, the contributors to Accounting for Fundamentalisms describe the organization of these movements, their leadership and recruiting techniques, and the ways in which their ideological programs and organizational structures shift over time in response to changing political and social environments.

Table of Contents

Martin E. Marty, R. Scott Appleby.
Ch. 1: The Dynamics of Christian Fundamentalism: An Introduction
Nancy T. Ammerman
Ch. 2: Sources of Christian Fundamentalism in the United States
Robert Wuthnow, Matthew P. Lawson.
Ch. 3: Imagining the Last Days: The Politics of Apocalyptic Language
Susan Harding
Ch. 4: Refusing to Drink with the Mountains: Traditional Andean Meanings in Evangelical Practice
Tod D. Swanson
Ch. 5: "Jesus Is Lord of Guatemala": Evangelical Reform in a Death-Squad State
David Stoll
Ch. 6: Comunione e Liberazione: A Fundamentalist Idea of Power
Dario Zadra
Ch. 7: Accounting for Christian Fundamentalisms: Social Dynamics and Rhetorical Strategies
Nancy T. Ammerman
Ch. 8: Quiescent and Active Fundamentalisms: The Jewish Cases
Samuel C. Heilman
Ch. 9: Migration, Acculturation, and the New Role of Texts in the Haredi World
Haym Soloveitchik
Ch. 10: By Torah Alone: Yeshiva Fundamentalism in Jewish Life
Charles Selengut
Ch. 11: The Book and the Sword: The Nationalist Yeshivot and Political Radicalism in Israel
Eliezer Don-Yehiya
Ch. 12: The Contemporary Lubavitch Hasidic Movement: Between Conservatism and Messianism
Aviezer Ravitzky
Ch. 13: Habad as Messianic Fundamentalism: From Local Particularism to Universal Jewish Mission
Menachem Friedman
Ch. 14: Accounting for Islamic Fundamentalisms
James Piscatori
Ch. 15: The "Normalization" of the Islamic Movement in Egypt from the 1970s to the Early 1990s
Gehad Auda
Ch. 16: Palestinian Islamisms: Patriotism as a Condition of Their Expansion
Jean-Francois Legrain
Ch. 17: From Radical Mission to Equivocal Ambition: The Expansion and Manipulation of Algerian Islamism, 1979-1992
Hugh Roberts
Ch. 18: Izala: The Rise of Muslim Reformism in Northern Nigeria
Ousmane Kane
Ch. 19: Authority and Community in Soviet Islam
Mark Saroyan
Ch. 20: Two Roads to Revolutionary Shi’ite Fundamentalism in Iraq
Amatzia Baram
Ch. 21: Accounting for Fundamentalisms in South Asia: Ideologies and Institutions in Historical Perspective
Robert Eric Frykenberg
Ch. 22: The Function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh: To Define the Hindu Nation
Ainslie T. Embree
Ch. 23: Hindu Nationalism and the Discourse of Modernity: The Vishva Hindu Parishad
Peter van der Veer
Ch. 24: Redefining Muslim Identity in South Asia: The Transformation of the Jama’at-i-Islami
Rafiuddin Ahmed
Ch. 25: "Remaking Ourselves": Islamic Self-Fashioning in a Global Movement of Spiritual Renewal
Barbara D. Metcalf
Ch. 26: Christians and Competing Fundamentalisms in South Indian Society
Susan Bayly
Ch. 27: Organizational Weakness and the Rise of Sinhalese Buddhist Extremism
James Manor
Ch. 28: Movement Dynamics and Social Change: Transforming Fundamentalist Ideology and Organizations
Rhys H. Williams
List of Contributors


American Academy of Religion: American Academy of Religion Awards for Excellence

Christianity Today magazine: Christianity Today Book Awards

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